Texas Republican says he'll vote for Trump 'unless Beto O'Rourke decides to run as a Republican'

Texas Republican says he'll vote for Trump 'unless Beto O'Rourke decides to run as a Republican'
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Rep. Will HurdWilliam Ballard HurdDemocrats talk subpoena for Mueller Here are the eight Republicans who voted with Democrats on the Equality Act House approves anti-LGBT discrimination Equality Act MORE (R-Texas) said Sunday that he plans to vote for President TrumpDonald John TrumpNASA exec leading moon mission quits weeks after appointment The Hill's Morning Report — After contentious week, Trump heads for Japan Frustration boils over with Senate's 'legislative graveyard' MORE for president in 2020 "unless Beto O’Rourke decides to run as a Republican."

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Hurd, who has separated himself from Trump on issues such as the border wall and did not endorse him in 2016, is friends with former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas). O'Rourke is still considering a bid for the Democratic nomination for president in 2020.

"My plan is to vote for the Republican nominee, yes," Hurd told CNN's "State of the Union."

Host Jake Tapper pressed Hurd on his vote, saying, "Trump over O'Rourke?"

"That's very clear," Hurd responded. "Unless Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeButtiegieg backs NFL players' right to protest during anthem: I 'put my life on the line to defend' that Overnight Energy: Democrats ask if EPA chief misled on vehicle emissions | Dem senators want NBC debate focused on climate change | 2020 hopeful John Delaney unveils T climate plan CNN's O'Rourke town hall finishes behind Fox News, MSNBC MORE decides to run as a Republican, which I don't think he's planning on doing.”

O'Rourke and Hurd went on a bipartisan road trip that was heavily promoted on social media in 2018.

Despite his own popularity in the state, O'Rourke did not endorse Hurd's Democratic challenger during the midterms in a tight race in Texas's 23rd District.